Monday, July 16, 2012

The last week...

I hope you had a good weekend. We have been busy enjoying the warm, sunny weather. My sister was home for a few days and my mom had off work!

My mom, sister and I spent the night in Chicago, shopping and talking. It was nice to get away for the night and catch up without the interruption of a small child.

But I couldn't wait to get back to my little girl. Yesterday, we made pancakes and had a relaxing breakfast on the patio.

Later we went to our neighborhood pool and had an experience that has kept me thinking. As my husband and I were showing Emmerson how to kick while holding onto the edge of the pool, a lifeguard came up to us and told us that our daughter's life jacket was not allowed because "it gives kids a false sense of security." I can understand this argument, but our daughter has started to develop some uncertainty of water and we feel it helps her be more comfortable so we can teach her to swim, and it's also easier for me to hold her up in the water. We certainly don't believe it takes the place of our constant attention. I would have been satisfied if the lifeguard had given us a compelling reason as to how it impacts the lifeguards ability to do their jobs, but her reason made me believe the rule was a little invasive. Isn't it my choice as a parent? I would love to get your feedback.

Emmerson had so much fun though, with or without the life jacket and we'll definitely be back.

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